In Games and warm-ups, Measurement and Geometry

Materials:

Specific equipment for each Olympic event is listed below.

  • Potatoes
  • Pens to draw on potatoes

Instructions:

  1. Each student is to choose a potato each, then name it and draw a face on it.
  2. Estimate and then measure the potatoes (height, weight, and girth).
  3. Choose from some of the following Olympic events.

Olympic events:

Distance

Materials:

  • Small stool
  • 600 mm x 900 mm pieces of mdf board
  • 3 m tape measure

Instructions:

Let the potato down a ramp and measure the distance it rolls. In this event, you are measuring length.

 

Weightlifting

 Materials:

  • Stackable weights

Instructions:

How many weights will stack on your potato? In this event you are measuring mass.

 

Diving

Materials:

  • Metre ruler
  • Ice-cream container
  • Tub
  • Water
  • Capacity measures

Instructions:

Put a small bucket or ice-cream container full to the brim of water inside an empty tub. Drop your potato from a height of 1 metre into the water. Measure the amount of water that splashes into the tub. Any out of the tub doesn’t count. In this event, you are measuring capacity.

 

Velodrome

 Materials:

  • Larger circular tub, marked in quarters

Instructions:

Flick your potato around the inside edge of a large circular tub. Count how many laps it can do. In this event, you are counting fractions.

 

Gymnastics

 Materials:

  • Books
  • Chopsticks

Instructions:

Line up six chopsticks closely together so that they create a bridge across two books. Balance your potato on the chopsticks. Slowly take one chopstick away, one at a time and see how long before your potato falls.

 

Spinning

 Materials:

  • Stopwatches

Instructions:

Place your potato on a flat surface and spin it. Time how long your potato can spin for (spins per second).

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